Job: Project Director - International Rescue Committee (Tanzania)

Organization: International Rescue Committee
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 15 Jul 2016
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control over their futures. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
I. Background
The International Rescue Committee seeks an experienced Project Director to lead a 4-year, $10 million program to combat exploitive child labor in Tanzania funded by the US Department of Labor (USDOL). The project is currently in its final year. The project seeks to reduce child labor through an area-based approach in geographic areas where there is a prevalence of child labor in agriculture production and domestic service. The project works with local entities and build on existing efforts to reduce the worst forms of child labor, including programs to protect orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), increase access to education and promote economic opportunities for Tanzanian households most vulnerable to the worst forms of child labor . Project interventions addresses the following areas: a) promote children's access to, enrollment, retention and completion of education and training opportunities; b) promote improved livelihoods for households of target children; c) promote youth employment; d) work with government structures to support implementation of policies and strengthen institutional capacity; e) raise awareness about child labor in the agriculture and domestic labor sectors; f) support research, evaluation and collection of reliable data on child labor; and g) promote transparency, accountability and sustainability of efforts to combat child labor.
II. Responsibilities
The Project Director will be responsible for overall project management, supervision, administration, and implementation of the requirements of the cooperative agreement. He/she will:
  • Be responsible for the overall management, planning, and coordination of the project;
  • Maintain administrative systems for project operations;
  • Ensure that all cooperative agreement deadlines are met and that targets are achieved;
  • Maintain working relationships with project stakeholders, including USDOL and government counterparts;
  • Provide creative leadership in identifying opportunities to enhance project impact through linkages with the private sector, the youth sector, and potential partners in Tanzania;
  • Oversee the preparation and submission of technical and financial reports to USDOL;
  • Actively participate in child protection and child labor-related implementation meetings and policy discussions;
  • Maintain working relationships with all project stakeholders, including advocacy, coalition building and public-private partnerships promotion;
  • Manage project staff and monitor work of IRC partners.
  • Carryout project closeout procedures in accordance with USDOL regulations.
This position reports to the Country Director.
III. Qualifications
Individuals should hold a Master's Degree or higher in education, development studies, economics, livelihoods or related fields and possess a minimum of five years of professional experience including three years of professional experience in a leadership role in implementation of complex basic education, technical education or youth livelihoods' programs in developing countries. The successful candidate will have experience in: sustainable livelihoods; education policy; improving educational quality and access; educational assessment of disadvantaged students; development of community participation in the improvement of basic education for disadvantaged students; and monitoring and evaluation of basic education projects. Consideration will be given to candidates with additional years of experience working with officials of ministries of education and/or labor.
Candidates must also have knowledge of exploitive child labor issues, and experience in the development of transitional, formal, and/or non-formal vocational education and training of young people removed from exploitive child labor and/or victims of the worst forms of child labor. Experience managing USDOL-funded projects and understanding of DOL regulations is preferred.
Candidates should have significant budget management experience; strong writing and editorial skills; be able to work under pressure; and possess strong interpersonal and intercultural skills that enable them to work well with a diverse team. Experience in Africa a must, and experienced in Tanzania a plus. Fluency in English is required and knowledge of Kiswahili is preferred.

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